The Running Whys – Mary Kate Wedge

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This story ran in the April 29 edition of the Daily Gleaner.

This time a year ago, Fredericton resident Mary Kate Wedge had plenty on her plate.

She was busy professionally as a pharmacist at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital and the Summerside, P.E.I., native was also deep in the planning stages for her October wedding to Rob Agar.

And for good measure, she was prepping for the Fredericton Marathon.

In terms of running, there were no time guarantees last May, considering her hectic personal agenda, but she knew if she put in a strong effort on the traditionally fast course, she’d have a shot at qualifying for the 2017 Boston Marathon. Continue reading

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The Running Whys – Marc Gallant

Marc GallantThis ran in the Daily Gleaner on April 15, 2017.

It was five years ago when, somewhat reluctantly, Fredericton’s Marc Gallant took his first steps as a runner, taking part in a group with his wife Tanya to help her tackle a resolution to improve her fitness levels.

Initially, he was not that interested in joining Tanya and one of her friends in a 2012 Running Room clinic. But one week, when Tanya’s friend could not make it, he relented and joined his wife for the weekly run. Continue reading

The Running Whys – a Gleaner recap

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This story ran in the Nov. 26th edition of the Daily Gleaner

The New Brunswick running season wrapped up last weekend with an impressive awards and Hall of Fame banquet in Tracadie.

But the unofficial running season takes few breaks and before we look back at the past year, planning is already well underway for next season’s events, including the Scotiabank Fredericton Marathon and the Liv9 Fall Classic. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Bob Cormier

bob-cormierThis story ran in the Nov. 12 edition of the Daily Gleaner. 

When it came to setting running goals for 2016, there was a justified emotional component at work for Fredericton’s Bob Cormier.

As a veteran of 23 previous marathons, Bob knew the demands required and the internal discipline needed to complete the 42.2-kilometre route, regardless of its setting or time of year.

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The Running Whys – Heather Suttie

 

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Heather Suttie of Fredericton competed in last weekend’s Toronto Marathon, finishing in a  time of 3:20.17, good for second place in her 45-49 age group and 43rd overall in the women’s race, which featured 1,407 runners. Photo submitted.

This column ran in the Oct. 22 edition of the Daily Gleaner.

Like many who are about to celebrate a significant birthday, Heather Suttie made a plan to mark the occasion in style.

So when it came to her big 4-0, she figured running a marathon would serve as the perfect occasion to achieve one of her major personal goals. She started out by conducting a bit of research, found a contact for Mike Simmons, a highly regarded coach/mentor/athlete and was set to call him for some guidance. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Michelle Ingram

michelle-2This column ran in the Oct. 8th edition of the Daily Gleaner.

The interest in running started from being a fan for Fredericton’s Michelle Ingram, who vividly recalls heading to watch her husband Ryan race in a half marathon in the city one spring.

Like many who are exposed to the emotion and camaraderie at the finish line for the first time, Michelle was blown away by the spirit at the line, enough to take up the sport herself, eventually entering her first 10 km event about a year later. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Ahmet Tahan

amhet4-1This column ran in the Fredericton Daily Gleaner on Sept. 24.

When opportunities arise, you have to take advantage of them. And for Fredericton’s Ahmet Tahan, a shot at a new career path presented to him was just too good to pass up.

So after 10 years as the assistant store manager of the Smythe Street Superstore, Tahan and his wife Celeste are moving to Grand Manan, where he is taking over the Your Independence Grocer franchise on the island. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Run for the Cure

personalThe UniCats. That was the name of the secret club Kathy and her friend Michelle had when they were 12 years old. UniCats believe in the power of magic/miracles (unicorns) and are as fierce as big cats.

Read Kathy’s Run For the Cure page here.

It is the perfect name for the team we are organizing for this year’s CIBC Run for the Cure on Sunday, Oct. 2. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Mark Scott

2015 Bluenose Marathon FinishThis story appeared in the Daily Gleaner on Aug. 27.

As a 40th birthday present to himself, Mark Scott adopted a philosophy of go big or go home.

So on Oct. 16, the Fredericton resident will be in Pownal, Maine, with eight of his running friends for the Big Brad Ultra, an 80-kilometre trail run that will test his endurance, commitment to training and reward a running career that has already achieved plenty in just six years.

I got it in my head that I wanted to do something memorable,” said Scott, who lives in the city with his wife Wendy and two daughters.

After four marathons in two years, I decided I was ready for a new challenge and this is what I decided on.Continue reading